Welcome to the Yukon College Research Ethics webpage.
To ensure that research involving human subjects is carried out in an ethical manner, the Tri-Council Policy Statement: Ethical Conduct of Research Involving Humans (TCPS 2) requires that all eligible academic institutions establish a Research Ethics Board (REB) to review and approve research involving humans. The Yukon College REB includes staff, faculty, and community members. REB meets monthly to review research conducted or administered at or by members of the College. The REB provides Certificates of Ethical Acceptability valid for the period of one year, approves modifications to research protocols, informed consent forms and relating supporting documents, and officially closes research projects upon their completion.
Please know that all research involving human participants must be approved by the REB prior to data collection. The Yukon College also requires all researchers to complete the TCPS-2 tutorial, found in the Training tab.
The Principal Investigator (PI)
As the individual responsible for the implementation of research, the PI bears direct responsibility for ensuring the safety of the research participant. The responsibility starts with project design, which must balance risks with potential research benefits. The PI must ensure that all members of the research team comply with the requirements of theTCPS-2. The PI will be held accountable for any ethical non-compliance of themselves or their team.
Co-investigators and other members of the research team are responsible for ensuring their own completion of the TCPS-2 tutorial (a responsibility shared with the PI), holding themselves to a high ethical standard, and ensuring that their actions in conducting research are compliant and consistent with Yukon College policy. It is the team member's or co-investigator's responsibility to question when unsure. Being unaware of certain guidelines or requirements is not accepted as reason for unethical behaviour. Co-investigators from other institutions are required to ensure ethical compliance at their home institution as well as Yukon College.
The Yukon College Research Ethics Board (REB)
The REB will review and monitor all research involving human research participants conducted under the auspices of the College. The REB is an autonomous entity whose primary responsibility is ensuring the safety and well-being of all research participants involved in research programs carried by Yukon College researchers, students and adjuncts or those that involve Yukon College in their research.
Research Services Office,
Yukon Research Centre